When Your Feline Companion Is Diagnosed With FIV

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Should one of your local veterinarians diagnose your cat as having feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), it's not the end of their life. With your help, your furry feline companion can live several more years comfortably. The disease is a slow growing virus that your cat can live with for years. Here is how this virus affects your cat and what you can to do to support them to continue to have a full life.

Living With a Suppressed Immune System

Like the HIV virus in humans, FIV affects your cat's immune system. It reduces your cat's ability to fight off even simple infections. The danger of FIV to your cat is the secondary infections they can get because of their reduced immune system response. A simple cold or scratch can become a major health threat.

Cats are good at concealing an illness or injury, so they may have a problem for days before you see any obvious symptoms. Your job is to watch your cat closely for any signs of a health problem, such as:

At the first sign of something suspicious, get your cat in to a medical clinic, such as the Riverside Pet Hospital.

Keeping Your Cat Free of Infections

There are several things you can do to minimize your cat's exposure to potential infections or to keep minor issues from becoming a major problem:


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